Live Rodent Closes Bagel Tree in Delray: RatOn Restaurant Report

Our latest inspection report is topped by the live rodent and droppings inspectors found at the Bagel Tree on Atlantic in Delray Beach. The inspection found 17 violations including 9 marked high priority, issued a stop sale order for temperature abuse, and closed the restaurant at least temporarily. We can’t tell if it has reopened yet. The worst violations were:

  • Employee touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands – food was not being heated as a sole ingredient to 145 degrees F or immediately added to other ingredients to be cooked/heated to the minimum required temperature to allow bare hand contact. Establishment has no approved Alternative Operating Procedure….employee grabbed bagel with bare hand . Discussed with manager. Manager discarded bagel at time of inspection. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Live rodent present….live rodent on the trap underneath dry storage shelf
  • Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area….4 live flies landing on dirty towel at laundry basket by the exit door.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit….single serve butter 71° at server station, single serve butter 49°, single serve cream cheese 50° in flip top reach in cooler at bagel station. Per manager food being held less than four hours. Manager time marked on food at time of inspection. **Corrective Action Taken** **Repeat Violation**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cooked/heated yesterday/on a previous day not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within a total of 6 hours. Food has been cooling overnight. ….Mozzaballs 45° , mushroom barley soup 46° in a 22 qt container at walk in cooler. food cooled in quantity deeper than 4 inches….. Per manager food was cooked yesterday. See stop sale issue . Operator discarded food at time of inspection. **Repeat Violation**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above…hot holding sweet and sour sauce 126° in steam table , after stirring food temperature 145° . Discussed with operator. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Raw animal food stored over or with ready-to-eat food in reach-in freezer – not all products commercially packaged….raw pork chops, raw chicken above meat loaf, gyro in reach in freezer . Manager properly stored food at time of inspection. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found….3 fresh rodent droppings beneath dry storage shelf, two dry rodent droppings underneath dry storage shelf at prep station .One dry rodent dropping by the exit door….approximately over 35 dry rodent droppings and approximately 15 fresh rodent droppings underneath bread shelf by by the water heater at bagel station
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse…. Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cooked/heated yesterday/on a previous day not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within a total of 6 hours. Food has been cooling overnight. ….Mozzaballs 45° , mushroom barley soup 46° in a 22 qt container at walk in cooler . Per manager food was cooked yesterday. **Repeat Violation**

Mi Mexico at Smith Sundy Road in West Delray was also closed briefly after a bad inspection with 9 violations, 5 high priority and a stop sale order. We don’t see what was so bad that it required closure.

  • Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area approximately 2 flies flying one fly landing on the exterior reach in cooler.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit…cooked pork 65°, cooked beef 66°, raw pork 59° in reach in cooler . Cheese 67° at kitchen, tomato sauces 88° by the sale window being held more than four hours. Stop sale issue . PIC stated she will take these food at home .
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above….hot holding pork 191°, ground pork 98°, beef 89° at kitchen being held more than 4 hours. Stop sale issue.Operator stated she will take food at home.
  • Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food….raw beef above tortilla in reach in cooler . Discussed with operator.
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse…. Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit…cooked pork 65°, cooked beef 66°, raw pork 59° in reach in cooler . Cheese 67° at kitchen, tomato sauces 88° by the sale window being held more than four hours. …. Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above….hot holding pork 191°, ground pork 98°, beef 89° at kitchen being held more than 4 hours.

Other than those two it was a pretty good report. No one had more than 20 violations. 3 G’s on Atlantic in Delray did have 14 violations with 10 high priority.

In West Boca, Madison’s New York Grill had 16 violations but only 3 of them were high priority. They had live small flying insects and a stop sale on Caesar dressing for temperature issues. Hong Kong Palace on Powerline had 14 violations, 2 high priority.

Good News

Five Guys near Town Center and Burger King near Boca Rio both had perfect inspections with no violations.

Grand Lux in Town Center was near perfect with just one violation. New York Prime also did well with only two minor violations.

Habit Burger on Military Trail had 3 violations.

Original Pancake House in Somerset Shoppes and Lucky Express on Clint Moore each had 4 violations.

Lucille’s BBQ in Delray Marketplace had 7 violations.

Johnny B’s Pizza on 441 near the county line had 8 violations.

Our full spreadsheet is below:

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Author: Warren Redlich

Warren Redlich is a real estate agent and an attorney. He focuses on selling homes in West Boca Raton. Find out more at Yes Boca Real Estate.

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